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Good Ideas! Thanks, Tara!

Hey! I received this chock-full-of-good-ideas email from another Tara (yes! Tar-Uh, NOT Tare-Uh) and I received her permission to share it with you. Hope it is a blessing to you too — (And yes, she is sending me the sermons on CD to listen to! Though I don’t plan on doing ten hours of ironing or anything.) Thanks, Tara! — …

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No Maverick Molecules!

It’s been a drag of a two-week period for me. Talk about feeling beaten-down, rejected, despised, judged, and kicked out for not being good enough. OUCH. But suffering is not the last word, is it? I was SO encouraged by Pastor Alfred’s Sunday School class this morning: – There are NO maverick molecules! – The sovereignty of God implies that …

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When We Are Falsely Accused and Misjudged

How do you respond when you are falsely accused? Incredibly, astoundingly misjudged? Attacked. Belittled. Mocked. Shown no (absolutely NO!) grace. At all. How is it POSSIBLE to respond with grace and care and love and kindness and THE GOSPEL? (When what I REALLY “want” to do is argue. PROVE that this person is wrong. Very, very wrong. Point out how …

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A few thoughts on critical people …

I know a woman who is extremely critical. EXTREMELY SO. But she doesn’t see it. If you were to ask her about her speech (as say, some hypothetical JD/MBA would have GENTLY done in the past), she would say that she is never (or at least RARELY) critical or negative. But if she were to listen to a recording of …

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Is is OK to ask for prayer for 10,000 sales?

I just found out that IF (if!!) our Peacemaking Women book sells 10,000 copies by its one-year anniversary (I think sometime in late June), that I have a MUCH greater chance of publishing: – Materials for toddlers & peacemaking; – A new (SHORTER!) book on women & peacemaking; – A book for women leaders with powerful personalities; – etc. etc. …

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NEW Retreat

OK. I’m on it. I’ve officially booked one of my fall events to be a brand-new women’s retreat. (eek!) Of course, it’s the same gospel. And our hearts? Well, is there anything new under the sun? But a lot of these women have already been to my “standard” retreat and heard me speak at other events. So I’m working on …

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A real, live miracle!

So even my “RATIONALIST HUMANIST” sister (who is also my dearest friend and one of the most loving and merciful people I have EVER met!!) had to use the word MIRACLE to describe my father’s survival. Me too. Hope you enjoy the pics! Sending you love, Tara B.

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Facing death … final words …

Thanks for all of the prayers and encouraging emails concerning my dad. He continues to remain in a medically-induced coma, but occasionally they bring him to consciousness for a few moments. When they do so, the nurses say he is a “bear” … angry, trying to yank the tube out, etc. The nurses say this is actually a good thing …

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Thoughts on hosting 23-year-olds …

This past weekend, my dear friend’s daughter was married. It was a wonderful, wonderful weekend and I was thrilled just to be invited to attend. But then our family received a double blessing! We were asked to host some of the friends of the bride and groom. What a blast! AND a gentle rebuke too … You see, I just …

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BRILLIANT cartoons by Craig Faust

One of my recent women’s retreats had a brilliant cartoonist by the name of Craig Faust create some cartoons to illustrate some of our main teaching points. With his permission, I get to post them for you all! Hope you enjoy. (Oh — and if any of you have any ties to the publishing / cartooning (is that a word?) …

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